'On the Victoria Embankment at Charing Cross Pier. A long row of parked, empty tour buses, hundreds of joggers of all sorts and ages, some looking very professional, some looking as though they were on their last legs, and at one point a man performing the weird heel and toe gait of a road walker. Then an old man riding his bike along the pavement and a jogger shouting at him, "Get in the road mate."
Benches looking out over the Thames, metal griffins for legs. Then benches with sphinxes, then with camels.' (Bleeding London, Geoff Nicholson, 1997:190)
Lots of photo opps there! But Stuart would not only have walked along the Embankment. He would also have trekked through all the surrounding streets; between the tall, white, government buildings around Whitehall, through the winding streets and alleys leading down from the Strand.
On this semi-guided walk you will explore and photograph these streets as well as learning something about the history of the area. Hear how Joseph Bazalgette saved London from The Great Stink by building the Embankment and discover remnants of what was there before it was built.
The meeting point is by Westminster Pier; exit 1 Westminster tube. The walk will take about 3 hours and finish at a historic pub on the Strand.
The walk will be led by Jen Pedler, a qualified City of Westminster Guide, who leads walks with Footprints of London.
The walk is free, but all contributions to Bleeding London will be gratefully received!
To book a place on the walk, use our online booking system. By making a booking, participants confirm that they have read the risk assessment.
Image: Lower Robert Street, WC2 © Jen Pedler